Local traditions and culture in Gouvernorat de Monastir

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    Monastir

    by olja1234 Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    Door
    And one more speciality of Tunisia are doors. They are so beautifuly decorated, with patterns and coloured in bright colours. There are also souvenires and paintings with the motive of those magnifical doors.

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    Monastir

    by olja1234 Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    Small talk
    Two young ladies, traditionally dressed, had a small talk in front of the door. As this photo was taken near a market place. it might be, they were exchanging some recepies, or...something else.

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    Monastir

    by olja1234 Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    Carpets
    This kind local lady in front of loom, explained us all about formation carpets....colours, patterns....It is precise and time consuming work. The samples were absolutely wonderful. Each of us bought a small carpet from her. As a souvenir or a gift. I gifted it to my niece.

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    Monastir

    by olja1234 Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    Postbox
    Very interesting shape of a cage and a carrier pigeon on the top. Photo of this postbox was taken in the hall of our hotel. And it worked. All postcards, put into the cage, arrived properly.

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    Visiting Mosques

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 15, 2004

    Many Asian and African countries, including Tunisia, are predominantly Muslim, so the religious sites you are most likely to encounter, are, predictably, mosques. This is a brief tip of advice, written from the point of view of a non-Muslim, female traveler (yours truly!!!):

    - Do dress modestly, covering arms, legs, shoulders and the like, no frivolous dressing will be allowed. Hire the modest dress if needed;

    - Check whether you are allowed into the mosque at all, since most of them admit you only into the courtyard, and some do not admit non-Muslims at all. However, in several countries you may be able to visit the interiors of many mosques;

    - Respect the boundaries laid and do not attempt to enter further (I saw such a thing once, and it did arouse ill-feeling);

    - If possible try to avoid going even to the courtyard on Friday afternoon, since I remember this is the most important praying time of the week;

    - If you are curious, feel free to ask questions (though not of people hurrying to pray) and most likely you will be answered: I’ve always found people proud of their culture and heritage and ready to explain it;

    - Do not criticize things we in Europe and in the West might (such as separate praying space for men and women), for such are the customs of the land and mosques are the least appropriate places for such topics.

    This advice is based only on common sense, but it allowed me to see something of the mosques and learn loads of interesting info on Muslim countries, their religion, and culture. Really helped me when we had a general education class on religions at University:))

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    Monument

    by olja1234 Updated Nov 20, 2007

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    An Old Man
    An old traditionaly dressed man with a walking stick , walked his way between cars. It is always a hawy traffic around the market place. Traditional carriges are mixing with cars.

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